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How much do tilers earn?

Tiling is an in-demand skill that offers tremendous scope across both residential and commercial projects. But how much do tilers earn? And is it financially viable to set up your own tiling company? Let's take a look.

If you’re thinking about becoming a tiler or starting your own tiling business you probably want to know just how much you can earn..

Or perhaps you already run a tiling firm and want to know the industry pay grades to help with upcoming hires.

So how much do tilers earn on average? Let’s get into it.

How much does a tiler make a year?

LevelPer hourPer dayPer yearEstimated business costs*Approximate take home pay
Apprentice£6.30£50.40£11,062.80£0.00£10,714.94
Newly qualified£13.54£108.32£23,776.24£0.00£19,241.25
Employed£18.19£145.52£37,835.20£0.00£29,221.62
Sole trader £40.00£320.00£59,001.60£7,375.20£40,000.41*
Business owner (Ltd company)£48.27£386.16£71,200.18£12,460.03£46,150.13*
*includes estimated business expenses such as vehicle, fuel, tools and insurance. You should always consult an accountant.

The annual salary of a tiler typically starts at £11,062.80 per year for an apprentice increasing up to £71,200.18 per year for the owner of a tiling company (trading as a Ltd company).

But how much do tilers make as they progress up the ranks?

Newly qualified tilers can earn in the region of £23,776.24 per year, with the scope to increase up to £37,835.20 per year with more experience.

Bear in mind, how much a tiler earns in a year will be affected by a number of factors, including:

  • Experience
  • Skills, qualifications, and areas of speciality
  • The type of work being undertaken
  • Location

You also want to make sure you have the best tiling tools for the job in question so you can delivery consistent, high-quality work.

What’s the average day rate for a tiler (UK)?

With the scope of the work of a tiler being quite broad, from a small residential project to a vast commercial contract, you might be keen to know the day rate for a tiler in the UK.

The average wage for a tiler in the UK ranges from £50.40 per day for an apprentice to £320.00 per day for a sole trader.

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How much do tilers make an hour?

The hourly rate you’re able to charge as a tiler will depend on your level of experience, the scope of the work, and your location.

So how much does a tiler make per hour?

  • Apprentice – £6.30 per hour
  • Newly qualified – £13.54 per hour
  • Employed – £18.19 per hour
  • Sole trader – £40.00 per hour
  • Business owner (Ltd company) – £48.27 per hour

How much does a self-employed tiler earn?

Thinking of running your own business as a tiler?

You’ll be keen to know how much a tiler can earn when self-employed.

As a sole trader, you could earn around £59,001.60 per year (before tax).

Of course, when self-employed, you will have to cover your own business costs. We’ve estimated these to be around £7,375.20 per year, resulting in take-home pay of approximately £40,000.41* per year.

LevelPer hourPer dayPer yearEstimated business costs*Approximate take home pay
Apprentice£6.30£50.40£11,062.80£0.00£10,714.94
Newly qualified£13.54£108.32£23,776.24£0.00£19,241.25
Employed£18.19£145.52£37,835.20£0.00£29,221.62
Sole trader £40.00£320.00£59,001.60£7,375.20£40,000.41*
Business owner (Ltd company)£48.27£386.16£71,200.18£12,460.03£46,150.13*
*includes estimated business expenses such as vehicle, fuel, tools and insurance. You should always consult an accountant.

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FAQs

How much can tilers earn in the UK?

A tiler can earn between £11,062.80 per year as an apprentice and £71,200.18 per year as the owner of a limited company.

Do tilers get good money?

Tilers do get good money, with the potential to earn nearly £60,000 per year as a self-employed tiler. This will depend on experience, skill set, and work location.

Is tiling a good career in the UK?

Tiling a a good career offering the chance to be creative, control your own working hours if self-employed, and work on a range of different projects from small residential renovations to vast commercial projects.

How much does a tiler earn per day in the UK?

A tiler can earn between £50.40 per day as an apprentice up to £386.16 per day as the owner of a limited company.

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*Estimate costs for vehicle, fuel, tools, and insurance

**Checkatrade brand tracking survey April 2021

***Claims are sourced from a survey conducted by Deep Blue Thinking on a nationally representative UK sample in November 2021.

****Year runs from April 21’ to March 22’. Saving calculation based on average spend across 12,505 members in 2020/2021/2022. Discounts differ depending on the partner. Products range from low value items to high value items. Some exclusions will apply on products.

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